Lieutenant James LaDow Davis

Lieutenant James LaDow Davis

Ocean Shores Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, April 26, 1998

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James LaDow Davis

Lieutenant Davis died during a rescue attempt of a stranded surfer on April 26, 1998. Lieutenant Davis and three other members of the Ocean Shores Police Surf Rescue Team had gone out in the 10 to 12-foot swells in two separate boats. The inflatable boat in which Lieutenant Davis was in capsized and both occupants were thrown into the water. He was brought ashore by the US Coast Guard but was not breathing. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. All of the other people involved were rescued.

Lieutenant Davis had served with the agency for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 4A3

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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I have been thinking a lot about this day lately. I was one of the first on the scene trying to bring back Jim. This changed my life as well as others forever. Jenni, I think of you often as loosing a parent is a lot to handle.
Prayers and blessings with you and your family always.

Kimberley Tucker,

January 8, 2016

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